The Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race




The Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race supports CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa.

CHOC is an acronym for Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics.

CHOC was established in 1979 by parents of children with cancer. Having experienced the immense emotional and financial toll that cancer takes they recognised there is more than one victim in the family of a child with cancer. Their aim was to ease the burden on parents facing the same journey by providing access to relevant, accurate information, as well as emotional and practical support. 

Today CHOC is the only organisation in South Africa that provides comprehensive countrywide support for children with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. We have a head office in Johannesburg, six regional offices, two branches, and 12 accommodation facilities close to treatment centres. CHOC relies on corporate sponsors, donations from groups or individuals wanting to make a difference in the lives of these little ones.

Their comprehensive support improves the welfare and quality of care to children with cancer and offers families a wide range of psychosocial services and practical support such as counselling, free accommodation close to treatment centres, free transport and transport fund to ensure that no child abandons treatment, food parcels as they recognise the financial difficulties families often face and parent to parent support groups. CHOC plays a leading advocacy role through cancer awareness campaigns and lobbying. We also train and educate healthcare professional, homebased care workers and traditional practitioners on the early warning signs of childhood cancer to promote early detection.

CHOC aims to provide the best possible support for children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders and their families. Beginning as a parent support group in 1979, CHOC developed into a nationwide organisation. We currently have a head office, six regions, one branch and 13 housing facilities.

Their holistic approach includes emotional support in the hospital wards, from diagnosis onwards, and practical support ranging from accommodation, transport, care bags and basic nutritional support.

Without such support, many children – particularly from low-income families living far from treatment centres, would not be able to access, or adhere to, the necessary but arduous treatment cycle, which can last over three years.

CHOC also advocates on behalf of those whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer through awareness campaigns and lobbying.

CHOC is an internationally recognised NPO which relies on funds donated by individuals, companies, trusts and foundations and investments. We also host a number of fundraising projects and events to accrue further funding. Funds raised by CHOC directly benefit the children and their families as well as support those who are involved in the treatment of childhood cancer.

Open their Organisational Profile by CLICKING HERE

Why support CHOC?

Through the Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race, we are creating awareness for CHOC and encourage all participating companies to support their cause.
Corporations can donate towards our overall operating costs or choose to support a specific initiative or programme.
There are also exciting possibilities to partner with CHOC and leverage off the brand exposure that sponsorship affords.

Benefit to donors

Cash donations qualify for a tax deduction and CHOC has level 2 BEE certifi cation so companies that support us gain 100% BEE recognition for social economic development.
To support our cause, or partner with us, please get in touch


Specific Donations - Train Race Teams

We would like to appeal to all teams and followers of the Train Race who are willing to support CHOC to consider an office collection for any of the following items and getting them dropped off at the Regional Office when you team(s) collect their race packs.
  • Bedside laps x 4
  • Bedside tables x 4
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery
  • Single & King size fitted sheets
  • Single & King size bedding
  • Duvet inners, bedding, comforters (single and king)
  • Pillow slips
  • Bath towels
  • First aid kit
  • Plastic food storage containers
  • Small waste bins
  • Step ladder
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Television
  • Sleeper couch
  • Wall unit/TV stand
  • Gaming console: Playstation or Xbox
  • Broom, mop, wash rags
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cereals
  • Bread and bread spreads
  • Cleaning materials & disinfectants
  • Donor to cover dinner at R60 per person per day
  • De-Germ and Bioscrub

Click here for their full listing of needs.

Nelson Mandela Bay's UNIQUE Man vs Machine relay race over 38km